The Best Kia Models for College Students

studentWhen you are going off to college is the perfect time to buy a new car. This car will follow you through your college experience and make it much easier to get around your new town. With a car comes freedom, and especially if you are going to school somewhere far away from your home, having a car makes it much easier to travel back and forth and to get where you need to go, even if you are unfamiliar with the city or town where your university is.

While we know that any of our Kia models will be great for a new college student, there are some cars in our showroom that are going to be better for younger drivers. Whether you are going off to college for the first time or you are in between semesters right now, now is the perfect time to buy. We’ve picked these five vehicles specifically because they are fun to drive, stylish, and safe. They are also affordable, which makes them ideal for college students who might be strapped for cash. Here are the best Kia models for college students:

1. The Kia Soul This vehicle is perfect for the college student that loves to stand out. There are simply no other vehicles on the market right now that look like the Kia Soul. This vehicle is all about attitude, with unique styling that makes it perfect for your unique student. While it’s true that style is important, safety and functionality are just as important, especially to your parents. On these fronts, the Kia Soul still succeeds. It has some of the best safety features in the industry and an interior that is focused on the driver. This means that everything you need is within reach and that you can easily tune the radio or adjust your settings, without taking your eyes off of the road. It is one of the most affordable models in our showroom, despite the angular, unique styling and the range of great safety features and it also boasts up to 31 mpg. It is inexpensive to purchase and it is also inexpensive to drive. While it is a compact care, you will never feel claustrophobic in this vehicle!

2. The Kia Forte This is the smallest vehicle in our showroom, but it definitely does not lack the power that most young drivers are looking for. It prides itself on being zippy, and with up to 37 mpg, it is going to be a very economical choice. It is also one of the least expensive options, which, especially when buying your first car, can be a huge bonus. It’s a great starter car that can easily adapt to your life after graduation. The Forte comes in a number of different varieties, including the standard four door design and a hatchback variety, which gives you just a little bit more storage room and a different look to the vehicle overall. This can be the ideal choice for anyone who wants a high quality sedan or hatchback, but doesn’t want to pay the high prices other brands are demanding even for their cheapest options.

3. The Kia Sorento A sedan might feel like the most obvious option for a young driver, but sometimes they just do not provide enough room for the student that often needs or wants to drive around large groups or haul gear. This is where the Kia Sorento comes in. Still much less expensive than your average SUV, the Kia Sorento provides much more seating (up to eight people) and also provides you with much more power. If you are a student who also likes to get away from the university on the weekends, either to hike or camp or just explore, this could be the very best option for you.

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4. The Kia Sportage An SUV, especially one as economical as the Sportage, can be the perfect vehicle for a college student. You’ll have a little bit more room, which is always appreciated when driving around friends and roommates, and the bold styling of this vehicle is certain to turn heads. As great for hauling skis as it is for toting art supplies, you cannot go wrong when you choose this vehicle. It starts at just over $20,000 for the most basic trim, which comes with all of the safety features and infotainment features that you need. Higher trim levels will give you more features. While it does not get as stellar gas mileage as one of the sedans might, it still gets up to 30 mpg, which could still help you save at the pump.

5. The Kia Optima The Optima is one of the most popular cars on our lot and across all Kia dealerships. Why? Because the Optima is so versatile. It is styled to be both bold and sleek, without losing any of the practicality of a traditional sedan. It is bigger than the Forte, so those who need a little bit more cargo space and leg room might want to choose the Optima over something smaller like the Forte or the Rio. You’ll find luxury accents and plenty of safety features, so that you always feel like you are safe on the road, in addition to having fun while driving. It gets up to 37 miles per gallon, so you do not have to worry about paying through the nose for gas as you go on weekend adventures.

Why buy the 2017 Kia Sportage?

kia sportageThe all new Kia Sportage is about to roll into our showroom (it might already be here!), and it’s no secret that we are excited about what this new Sportage has to offer our buyers. Since the early days of its inception, lots has changed about its design and functionality, and we think this is the best Sportage ever. We know that our buyers are going to love this SUV as much as we do. Just in case you’re still on the fence, here are ten reasons to buy the Kia Sportage:

1. The cockpit is all new. During the design of this new version of the Sportage, special time and attention was given to making sure that the driver has everything he needs easily within reach. This includes a newly designed steering wheel with a flat bottom, as well as a center console that has been tilted so it is easier for the driver to see. There is more room for the legs and it’s going to much easier to control your infotainment system from the driver’s seat, especially because of the call and radio control buttons located right on the steering wheel.

2. The engine has been fully turbo charged. What does this mean? It means that this year’s Sportage is going to be much more fun to drive than any other previous incarnation. It features more than 240 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque, making it one of the most powerful four cylinder SUVs on the market. There are even more powerful engine options available for those who want something with even more get up and go.

3. The cargo space has been expanded. The longer body of the Sportage means that there is not just more leg room for passengers (with nearly five inches added over previous models), but also that there is much more room for hauling items. The cargo capacity is over fifty cubic feet, which makes it easy to help your friends move, tote around large items, gear up for camping, and more. You can fold down the rear seats to really get the most out of your Sportage’s storage area.

4. Every Sportage has three driving modes. If you are interested in occasionally optimizing your drive for power and occasionally optimizing it to help protect the planet, you are in luck. The Sportage, no matter which trim level you choose, has three driving modes. These are Normal, Sport, and Eco. The Eco mode will provide you better fuel economy while the Sport mode will give you more powerful acceleration. This gives you more control than ever before over how you drive.

5. The body is stronger. When it comes to safety features, especially with SUVs, you want a body that is made of high strength steel. This is exactly what the Kia Sportage’s body is made from. The 2016 model was only 18% steel, while the 2017 model is 51% steel, the highest rating in Sportage history, making it the strongest, too.

6. You’ll have a better ride and better handling. During the redesign leading up to the 2017 model, emphasis was put on improving both the quality of the ride and how the vehicle handles. There are more and better shock absorbers on the rear suspension. The front struts have been reworked so that they are more adaptable to how to road changes and shifts underneath the wheels. You cannot go wrong with this vehicle. It is going to be more fun to drive and the ride for your passengers is going to be much, much smoother.

7. The fog lights have been improved. Complete with new LED fog lights, seeing in low visibility driving conditions is going to be easier than ever before. The introduction of the ice cube set up, with four LED lights in a square shape on either side of the vehicle doesn’t just provide the Sportage with a unique appearance. It also makes it much more effective at cutting through fog, snow, and heavy rain, so you’ll be safer on the road, even if you have to drive during bad weather conditions.

8. This is one of the first models with the brand new infotainment system. The 2017 Sportage is one of the first vehicles on showroom floors to have the UVO3, which is Kia’s new and improved infotainment system that comes with a high quality touch screen, navigation, USB ports, and the ability to store music right in your car, completely eliminating the need for external MP3 players plugged or synced to yur car.

9. The exterior has been totally redesigned. In order to make sure that the Sportage keeps up with the Optima and the rest of Kia’s streamlined designs, the exterior of the 2017 Sportage has undergone a redesign. It’s one of the most unique-looking vehicles in our lineup and on the road. It still looks sharp and powerful on the road, while also being made to look even sleeker. You’re going to love how this vehicle looks as you drive it.

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10. You can actually afford it. SUVs are traditionally some of the most expensive vehicles on a dealership’s lot. They’re often at least ten thousand dollars more expensive than the average sedan. This is not true of the Kia Sportage. Despite all of the improvements and the streamlined features, the Sportage starts at just under $23,000, which is about what you can buy a mid-sized sedan for from other brands. If you want something bigger and with a little bit more power, this is definitely the better choice.

What You Need to Know about the Kia Niro

Have you heard about the newest model entering Kia’s lineup? It’s called the Niro, and is the very first hybrid SUV. Kia announced this vehicle as a part of its Green Car Roadmap, which is slated to increase the number of green vehicles Kia sells by a factor of three by 2020. If you are looking forward to seeing more environmentally-friendly vehicles on the road, you are probably excited about this announcement, when it was made at the Chicago Auto Show a few weeks ago. So, what can we expect from this first of its kind vehicle?

Sharper Design

When most people think of hybrid vehicles, they think first of Toyota’s Prius. That vehicle has a very unique look, and the appearance was part of what drew people to it. It was designed to stand out, to be obviously different from strictly gas-powered vehicles. Instead of obviously proclaiming itself as a hybrid vehicle, the goal of the Niro is just to stand out. Instead of favoring the rounder design that many hybrids in many other brands have, Kia has opted instead for something sharper and a little more aggressive. It’s sleep, with a long roofline and an almost athletic stance.

Kia did not want the Niro to stray too far from its sport utility roots or to look out of place alongside the rest of the vehicles that Kia offers. It will still have the same tiger grille and flanked headlights that most Kia models share.

Inside the Niro, you’ll find roomier, more comfortable seating than is offered in other hybrid models, largely because the vast majority of other hybrids are sedans. Because it is a SUV, it can provide better seating and more leg room. And because it has a wheelbase of more than 106 inches, this vehicle actually has a fairly wide stance, giving you more room to spread out. Specific attention was obviously paid to ensuring there was enough leg room, headspace, and shoulder room.

Across the board, this vehicle is being praised for it’s distinctly non-hybrid design. It looks clean and rides wide and low, giving you great grip while driving. It looks and, most importantly, drives like, just about any other vehicle on the road. While some brands are shouting their green-friendliness to the rooftops by making their hybrids look clunky and almost toy-ish in design, Kia knows that it is important to make their cars, whether they are gas-powered, hybrids, or straight electric, still look like cars.

Better Gas Mileage

One of the biggest reasons people stay away from SUVs and opt, instead for a sedan is the huge decrease in gas mileage between these two types of vehicles. Most SUVs are lucky to get twenty miles to the gallon, while the average sedan could get more than thirty. The Niro gets fifty combined MPG, featuring an Atkinson Cycle 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a 1.56-kilowatt hour lithium ion polymer battery, both of which have been specifically designed for this vehicle.

This makes the Niro much better than even the Optima Hybrid, which currently gets only a comparatively low thirty-eight miles to the gallon. For those who are looking to spend less on gas (even though gas prices have been extremely low lately), or who simply want to decrease their carbon footprint, this is an ideal option. The kind of gas mileage just is not being rivaled by any other hybrid and certainly not by any gas-powered vehicle.

Other Updates

Along with the Niro, Kia has announced a range of other features and updates, some of which related directly to the Niro, and others which are related to other vehicles or to their lineup as a whole. For example, the Niro is equipped with a six-speed, dual clutch transmission, which is designed to make shifting smoother and faster, enhancing the performance of this vehicle and simply making it more responsive and more fun to drive than just about any other vehicle, and certainly more fun that other hybrids, which have long suffered from jumpy throttles and weird braking behavior.

One of the biggest talking points at the Chicago Auto Show was the cushiness of the interior of this vehicle, which is likely to be mirrored in improvement of the interiors in vehicles across the lineup. There was also better sound insulation, a high-class acoustic windshield, and even special mounts on the engines that dampened the sound and vibration of the vehicle.

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Other advancements that are likely to be seen across the whole of the lineup include advanced blind-spot mirroring, better traffic alerts, cruise control that adapts to how you are driving, more streamlined systems for detecting and alerting drivers if they are departing lanes, and even improved emergency brake systems.

The last major introduction from Kia was the UVO3, which is going to be bringing some big changes to Kia’s infotainment system, and which is going to be available on the 2017 Kia Sportage. The new system will have three notable changes: more telematics systems, the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and music storage, on the vehicle’s own system. This means that drivers will have more information about their vehicle, will be able to control their smartphones from the UVO3 (for more than just texting and calling), and will actually be able to download music onto their vehicle and store it there, completely eliminated the necessity of syncing or plugging an mp3 player into the system!

What You Get with the 2016 Sorento Trim Levels

Some of the biggest changes in all of Kia’s lineup were made to the 2016 Kia Sorento. This vehicle is the perfect mix of extra seating and sport, so it’s as great for families as it is for those that like adventures. It’s the ideal choice for many buyers who find that sedans are too small but minivans are too big. And while there is always the Sportage, the Sorento offers a little more space and a few more features.

What the Sorento really has over vehicles of the same size from other brands is the price. Most crossovers of the same size start at $30,000 and above, while the Sorento starts at around $25,000, depending on the trim level. That makes it just as affordable as most sedans on the market. But what exactly does the Sorento have to offer and what can you do with it? Here is a brief overview of the 2016 Kia Sorento trim levels and why you should pick this vehicle.

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2016 Kia Sorento L

This is the lowest trim level that Kia offers, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to get your money’s worth. Unlike lots of other brands, you still have features like durable wheels, cruise control, and air conditioning with this trim level. Let’s take a look at the features:

  • Cruise control – It’s still surprising to most people when they look at vehicles from other brands and find out that the basic trim level does not come with cruise control. They can add it—but aftermarket solutions are rarely as functional as preinstalled ones. That’s why Kia always offers even the lowest trim level with cruise control standard.

  • Split second row – This means that if you are hauling something that just won’t fit in the Sorento’s ample trunk space, you can fold down the seats in a variety of wats in order to make room for it.

  • Bluetooth connectivity – This is another feature that you’ll mostly find only in the higher trim levels with other brands. Kia, however, has it standard for the Sorento. This means that you can play music from your phone and that you can answer the phone and talk directly to car, instead of having to deal with trying to answer to phone and drive one-handed.

  • Stain-resistant fabric seating – Higher trim levels will offer your luxurious leather. That doesn’t mean, however, that you are going to be missing out if you choose the Sorento L. The fabric seating is just as luxurious, and will actually resist stains, no matter what is spilled on them.

2016 Kia Sorento LX

The next trim level includes everything from the basic level, as well as:

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  • Automatic headlights – These make it easier to remember to turn on and turn off your headlights—the vehicle does it for you. No more draining your battery or driving dangerously because you forgot to turn your lights off or on.

  • Rearview camera – While backing out of a space does not have to be difficult, it can be, especially if you are new to driving a big vehicle like the Sorento. A rearview camera makes it really, really easy to see what is going on around you.

  • A touchscreen – Interacting with your radio and the car’s systems has never been easier or more stylish than with this great touchscreen control center.

  • A windshield that reduces road noise – Reducing road noise is a big deal for some drivers, who like to feel contained in their vehicles and do not want to be able to hear the road underneath the car or the air whipping past. The windshield in this trim level will actually prevent a lot of that noise from getting inside the car.

  • Options – This trim level has a number of options that can be added to it, some for an additional charge, but others for not additional charge. These might include parking sensors, heated seats, and power seats, among others.

2016 Kia Sorento EX

This level comes with everything listed in the two above trim levels, along with:

  • Upgraded wheels – The other trim levels have 17 inch wheels. The EX trim level has 18 inch wheels, to give you even more grip and maneuverability on the road.

  • Front side glass that reduces sound – If you want an even quieter ride, this is the trim for you. Along with the other features, it also includes front side glass that reduces sound from outside of the vehicle.

  • Leather seats – This is the first trim level out of all five levels that includes this feature.

  • Options – In addition to the features that come standard with this trim level, there is the option to add a Premium Package, which includes keyless entry and ignition, power mirrors, and blind spot detection.

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In addition to what is listen above, this trim level includes:

  • Memory settings for the driver’s seat – This feature enables you to program your seat to remember your preferences, so even if someone else drives your car, you can always find the right position again.

  • Power driver’s seat – So that’s it’s easy to adjust your seat, even if you are already on the road.

2016 Kia Sorento SX Limited

This is the highest trim level available for this vehicle. It’s biggest feature is the 19 inch chrome wheels, along with more impressive leather upholstery, ventilated seats, and heating for the second row of seats, along with a technology package that upgrades your headlights, parking cameras, brakes, cruise control, and safety features.

Best Kia Vehicles for Commuters

 

Whether you live in the suburbs and commute in to the city every morning for work or you live across town from your job, commuting is a part of your everyday life; if not your everyday life, then at least five days out of the week.

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While there are always plenty of public transportation options, nothing gives you the freedom of your own car, enabling you to arrive at work exactly when you want to and leave when your day is through—without having to wait on a platform or at a bus stop. The long daily drive, however, means that you have very particular car needs. If it’s time to look into a new commuting vehicle, here are the best Kia vehicles for commuters:

Rio

One of the smallest cars in Kia’s lineup, the Kia Rio also has one of the best combined miles per gallon out of all of their cars. The small size may be a negative for some drivers, especially carpoolers, but those who commute solo will appreciate the zip and the maneuverability of driving a smaller car. Plus, if you have to park in a parking structure or lot with limited spaces, you might often find that the compact spots are the only ones left—and your Rio will fit perfectly.

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Starting at just over $14,000, it’s a great choice for young professionals just starting out or for those who don’t want a car with a lot of flash and bang, but still runs great. The great interior and sound system will make commuting a breeze, even if you end up stuck in rush hour traffic—which is another place that high mpg will come in handy. With both four door and five door models and a variety of colors to choose from, the Rio is definitely a great option for commuters.

Forte

The Forte is another compact car, with thirty-one miles to the gallon, just like the Rio. A little bit bigger, with more features, the Forte has plenty to offer a driver that is going to spend a lot of time in its interior. One of the areas where Kia really excels is in producing cars that are extremely maneuverable and safe to drive. Those who spend an hour or more in their cars every day want exactly those two features—you want to be able to avoid accidents or to be protected if one is not avoidable.

The Forte also comes in a range of colors and with a slightly higher-end interior and build, which makes it a great middle-of-the-road car for someone who still doesn’t want to spend $30,000 on a luxury vehicle. Starting at just under $16,000, this vehicle is a great option for those who have to be on the road for a large chunk of their days.

Soul EV

While the Kia Soul is a good option for commuters, especially those that want a car unlike anything that anyone else is going to have on the road, the Soul EV is a unique option for those that want to make their commute very environmentally friendly. The EV stands for Electronic Vehicle—the Soul EV is completely gas-free. While it might not be the right option for every commute (especially the commuter who does not have somewhere to charge the car while in the office), it can be an excellent choice for someone who has to drive twenty-miles each way to and from work and doesn’t want to add to the growing pollution problem.

Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV can go 105 miles before it needs a charge, so if there is the likelihood of being stuck in rush hour traffic for a few hours, this electronic vehicle might not be the best choice. However, if your commute is usually smooth and you want to eliminate your carbon emissions entirely, the Soul EV is the way to go.

Optima

The Optima is the most well-known and well-loved car in Kia’s lineup, and for good reason. With twenty-seven miles to the gallon and a high-end interior, it’s a great option for someone who is going to be logging five or more hours a week just in getting to and from work. When driving to work is a necessity, you absolutely need a car with great gas mileage, and this makes Optima a great choice.

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The 2015 stars north of $20,000, but for upgraded features and interior, it’s definitely worth a little more, too. Definitely one of the highest-quality cars in the entire selection, this car makes a great choice for a commuter who wants to bridge the gap between a sensible sedan and a luxury vehicle. There’s also a hybrid version, starting around $26,000.

Sportage

Many commuters don’t commute alone, and for those that are carpoolers as well as commuters, the Sportage is a great option. The cheapest crossover in Kia’s selection of vehicles, with a combined miles per gallon of twenty-four, it’s easy to see why there’s been so much hype around this vehicle. It also has many of the luxury accents present in the other vehicles, and the size makes it perfect for hauling one, two, or even four coworkers along with you. Carpooling is a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road and fight pollution, and it can also make a long car ride less dull!

Bottom Line

The right commuting vehicle for you will be the one that ticks all of your boxes. Do you want something small and sporty with great gas mileage? Do you want something that doesn’t use gas at all? How about a great carpooling car? Something more luxurious? Decide what features matter most to you and then pick the Kia that best fills those needs.

Which Kia Is Right for Me?

Kia Soul EVWith so many different models to choose from, it can be difficult, especially for first time buyers, to find the Kia that is perfectly right for their needs and life. While coming to the dealership and sitting in and test driving the different vehicles is the best way to figure out which vehicle is for you, getting an idea of each model beforehand can help you narrow down your choices. Here are Kia’s models and some basic information about each to help you decide which you want to test drive.

Kia Optima

Starting at $21,690, the Kia Optima is definitely one of the more popular choices among buyers. It has the right features, at the right price point to make it a common pick. With 27 combined miles per gallon, it can help a buyer save money on gas. Available in a range of colors, with a range of different trim packages, a very basic model still looks expensive, while a tricked-out Optima can rival vehicles from luxury manufacturers.

Kia Cadenza

Starting out at $34,900, this sedan has a combined miles per gallon of 22. This car’s draw is power and style. Available in a range of deep luxurious colors and with premium interior materials, the Cadenza is a great pick for anyone look for a mid-priced luxury sedan.

Kia K900

The $54,500 K900 is Kia’s answer to the luxury sedan. Solidly built to be responsive and safe to drive, the K900 is a great option for anyone looking for a vehicle that is as great for running errands as it is for picking up your boss for a client dinner.

Kia Sorento

What’s great about the Kia Sorento is not just its price, but its style and excellent MPG. Buyers with family or friends that often find themselves driving around like the Sorento because it has plenty of leg room and storage space, so even long road trips are comfortable. It’s somewhere in between a minivan and a crossover, so it can get you where you need to go, without everyone feeling crammed into a small space. This vehicle is perfect for anyone who needs more space than a sedan can offer.

Kia Sedona

Though the Sedona is the only minivan in Kia’s lineup, it’s definitely one of the best minivans on the road today. Affordable, with plenty of storage space and seating for the whole family and all of their book bags or luggage, the Sedona goes where you need it to go and does what you need it to do.

Kia Soul

One of Kia’s most unique offerings, this crossover starts at just $15,190. While it is not the least expensive vehicle on the list, it does have 26 combined mpg, and the shape and colors available for this vehicle make it one of a kind. Anyone looking for something truly unique will love the Kia Soul.

Kia Sportage

The Sportage, starting at just $21,900, is popular amongst buyers who want a rugged, inexpensive, but still luxurious vehicle that is as reliable as it is sporty. The trim options make it possible to transform this vehicle into the ultimate camping machine or into a useful and elegant commuting car.

Kia Rio

Kia is one of the only car manufacturers to have both a complete line of sedans and a complete line of compacts. The Rio is available in both the four and five door models, and because it is starting at just $13,990 and has 31 combined mpg, this is a popular pick for first-time buyers or just someone that wants an inexpensive, reliable, stylish car that gest them where they need to go. Most drivers report both the four and five door models as being responsive, zippy cars, with great maneuverability. Smaller than the sedans, this Rio might not be ideal for buyers who often need to drive around more than three other people.

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Kia Forte

The Kia Forte rivals the Rio for gas mileage, but is a little bit bigger and has a few more features. There are two other versions of the Forte available, including the Forte5, and the Forte Koup, both of which have even more features than just the base model. These cars are designed to turn on a dime, follow instruction, and have lots of safety features that make them perfect for young and old drivers alike.

Kia Optima Hybrid

While most manufacturers are now offering a hybrid model, none are offering a hybrid starting at just $26,000. The hybrid version of the Optima gets up to 38 combined mpg and comes with all the same features as the non-hybrid Optima. It’s an ideal pick for anyone looking to save money on gas and lessen their impact on the environment.

Kia Soul EV

Kia is one of the only manufacturers to have a commercially available, completely electricity powered vehicle. The Soul EV looks and acts just like a Soul, but because it is powered just by electricity, not by gas, it is the most environmentally friendly choice.

Which One Is Right for Me?

It’s easy to get caught up in the design and flash of buying a new car. Having too many choices can leave you stymied. In order to narrow down your choices, think about what you are going to use this vehicle for. Are you going to use it just to commute to and from work? To errands around town? To road trip during the summer? To drive around your friends and family? The more space you need, the larger the vehicle should be, like a SUV or crossover.

However, if you just want something small and manageable, at a great price, a sedan or compact is likely going to be a better choice.

Is the Kia Sorento or Kia Sportage the SUV for you?

There is no doubt that the Kia Sorento and the Kia Sportage are both great vehicles—the only question is, which one is right for you? We often see companies comparing their vehicles to other automakers, but sometimes it’s beneficial to look at different models within one company. Here is what happens when the 2014 Sorento and Sportage are placed side-by-side.

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2014 Kia Sorento Burlington NJ

2014 Kia Sorento

Overview

The nice part about two Kia’s is you can bypass warranty and safety comparisons. Kia has one of the best warranties in the industry, and it’s the same on both SUVs. Kia also believes that safety is not to be compromised, so you will find the same features throughout their entire lineup. The Sportage did, however, receive an overall 5-star safety award from the NHTSA.

The 2014 Sorento and Sportage are both popular models, but the main difference you’ll find is in the price—although it’s not much—the Sportage starts around $21,000 and the Sorento starts around $24,000. Another contrast is the Sportage seats five while the Sorento seats up to seven. 

Kia has maintained a fluidity in style, and both models boast sleek lines, eye-catching colors, and aesthetically-pleasing interiors. In the end, it’s hard to go wrong with either the Sportage or the Sorento—it all comes down to needs.

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2014 Kia Sportage

Trims and Features

The 2014 Sportage is just like its name—a sporty vehicle that supports an active lifestyle. While you might not be able to haul around seven people, there is more than enough room to transport everything you need to have a little fun. The Sportage comes in three models, the LX, EX, and SX. The LX and EX both get 21 City/28 Highway MPG, while the supercharged SX gets 20 City/26 Highway MPG. Unlike its more family-oriented comparison, the features on the Sportage will appeal to those constantly on the go—usually to the mountains, desert, or ocean. Here are some of the Sportage’s key features and options:

  • HID Projector Beam Headlights
  • Fold-AwayRearCenter Armrest
  • Aluminum Scuff Plates
  • Sport-oriented accessories: mud guards, side steps, tow equipment, bike, kayak, ski, or cargo attachments.

The 2014 Kia Sorento is geared more towards family. It hints at kids, carpools, and making the drive more convenient and comfortable. You’re looking at three rows of seating with a second and third row that folds down for extra cargo space. MPG comes in at 20 City/26 Highway. There are four models, the LX, EX, SX, and the luxurious Limited. Here are some of the Sorento’s key features and options:

  • Second row sunshades
  • Premium Nappa Leather seat trim
  • Dual-Zone climate control
  • Privacy glass
  • Power liftgate with programmable height adjustment
  • Flexsteer and heated steering wheel

Both the Sorento and the Sportage have common features and options as well. You can expect choices like panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, push button start, rear camera display, EcoMinder, UVO, Infinity audio systems with surround sound, navigation system with LCD display, power driver’s seat, and much more.

The Kia Sorento and Sportage both have incredible perks—so which one would you choose? The best way to find the right Kia SUV for you is to go look and test drive one in person. There are no wrong choices in this comparison.

2014 Kia Sportage Review

2014 Kia Sportage NJ

2014 Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is a fun car to drive. Its responsiveness and handling are two of its strongest points. With the 2014 Kia Sportage, Kia Motors spent a lot of time ironing out weak points identified in its predecessor and at the same time enhancing the vehicle’s strength. The Sportage has always been a beauty, whether on the city streets or on the country dirt roads. Kia maintains the vehicle’s characteristic beauty while improving other aspects such as comfort and performance.

Interior

2014 Kia Sportage Interior NJ

2014 Kia Sportage Interior

The 2014 Kia Sportage has the best aesthetic cabin in the crossover SUV segment. The neat arrangement and classy placement of the controls, gauges, and the infotainment screen cannot be matched by any of its rivals. The vehicle’s rectangular dash domineers with a conservative yet sporty look. The cabin is not just aesthetically pleasing but also functional, with ample headroom and legroom in the front and back seat.

2014 Kia Sportage NJ

2014 Kia Sportage Control Panel

The Sportage has a silent ride thanks to noise insulation in the interior. In some trims, the cabin comes with full leather upholstery, making it one of the coziest in this segment. However, the Sportage’s 26.1 cubic feet storage area falls short of expectation in its class but will be enough for select luggage.

Exterior

2014 Kia Sportage

2014 Kia Sportage

The Sportage’s athletic look is heavily influenced by European styling. Minimal changes have been made on the 2014 Sportage from its predecessor. The 2014 Sportage picks on the beauty of its predecessor and adds a few touches here and there to enhance the athletic look.

The Sportage received an uplift in front in form of crisp design that blends the grille, the headlight and the bumper into an elegant finish. The inclusion of HID headlamps that gently tuck into the sides further gives the vehicle a sporty look. The rear is mostly the same with the exception of additional rear LED taillamps.

Trims and Options

The 2014 Sportage comes in three trims: EX, LX and the SX. All the trims have two variants; the 2WD and the AWD. The base trim comes with 16-inch wheels, power windows, air conditioning, sunroof, and locks and mirrors as part of the standard package.

Optional packages and features included in upper trims include keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels,  leather steering wheels, cooled glove box, seat heaters, leather upholstery, satellite radio, power driver seat, rear spoil and roof rails.

Performance

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2014 Kia Sportage Preformance

The 2014 Sportage is powered either a 2.4-liter engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Both engines are four cylinder mated with either six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The 2.4-liter engine outputs 182 hp while the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine churns 260 hp. The vehicle’s fuel consumption is not the best in the segment but falls in the expected range for crossover SUVs.

Safety

The 2014 Kia Sportage attained an overall safety rating of four-star in government testing. The vehicle comes with standard safety features including antilock brakes, front airbags, side and curtain airbags, downhill brake assist, hill-start assist, traction control, rearview camera, rear parking sensors and stability control. However, the Sportage has a blind-spot problem and it will be interesting to see if Kia will introduce a system to curb this shortfall.

The 2014 Kia Sportage is a crossover SUV that demonstrates beauty can go hand in hand with performance. If you are looking for an SUV for family cross country trips, the 2014 Sportage will be an excellent choice. The crossover SUV is also good for light off-roading. Available at an affordable price and low maintenance fee, the Sportage is a good car that will serve you for a long time.

Interested?

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Red 2014 Kia Sportage

If you are interested, visit Burlington Kia in Burlington Township, NJ. Our experts can help you get behind the wheel to test drive the Kia Sportage in NJ today!

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